For basketball and baseball, I always wore 24 and 4. So when I started playing hockey @ 18 for my Jr. Gold team, neither was available, so I just added them up. Been 28 most of the time since.... my last season of Wild adult league, I wore 19.
I find it interesting how personal a number can be. I've only run in to one other guy whose jersey number was 86 and we were both in shock, mostly because we thought we were the only ones. It's great too because usually there's some sort of story behind most numbers. Just another awesome thing about sports and athletics in general.
Forgot, I wore #88 in football. Had to choose a number in the 80's because of positions.
When I used 63 and 31 it was because I didn't associate them with anyone else. Wanted to make them my own. Plus I thought they looked cool. Only in the past couple years have some NHLers started wearing 63. I get a little territorial.. Ha.
in peewee football it was always 85, then one year is was 88, and highschool prep through highschool it was 78. 78 was the number I had when our team went with one loss and won for prep, so I kept it. 78 is my number and I love it is ALWAYS available for anything too.
The first ever jersey I got when I started playing hockey from RAHA (Rosemount) was #10. From there I was given a bunch of random numbers but I used to always get 9, 10, 7, or 17. For awhile I was 21 and 29, but then when I moved to Oklahoma I was 10 in high school and 10, 4, and 67 in travel hockey. In Juniors I was 14 and then 10, in College I was 10, and now in adult league I'm 10.
I've stuck with 10 since my last yr of Juniors more for the reason that it was my first ever # and that Gaborik, P. Bure and Gaetan Duchense are all some of my favorite players ever (Gaborik being my favorite) I think I'll stick with 10 for the rest of my hockey playing days.
I used to wear #26 as a tribute to Jere Lehtinen when I played hockey. Now I wear #2 in floorball, I think its a pretty good number for a Defensive D who doesn't really know how to be effective offensively.
#13 was my jersey number of choice, screw superstition. Odd thing looking back regardless of sport I played my number was always a prime number. Wasn't anything I was conscious of until after I was done playing.